GCRCJS National Essay Writing Competition

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About the GNLU Centre for Research in Criminal Justice Sciences

Recognizing that a comprehensive appreciation of the technicalities, complexities, and patterns of criminal law are indispensable for realizing the goals of the law, the University established the Centre for Research in Criminal Justice Sciences, as a center of excellence to carry on research in the niche area of Criminal Law. The center provides a platform for a holistic research environment and aims to further knowledge and academic discussions about the multifaceted dimensions of criminal science.

About the Competition

To encourage legal research and writing in the area of Criminal Law, essays are invited from the law students (both UG and PG) of the country on the following themes:

  • Sentencing policies in India: Change is needed in the hour.
  • Independent police organization in India.
  • Miscarriage of justice: Challenges & remedies.
  • Social Media and Crime

Guidelines for the essay

Word limit for the essay is 3500-5000 words.

The essay must have a title.

It has to be original, unpublished and should not be plagiarised.

Co-authorship is not allowed.

Submission Guidelines

Submission should be made to[email protected] with cc to [email protected] with the subject of the mail being “Submission of Essay”.

There is no registration required prior to the submission. The entries require photo proof from students of their association to their law college/university.  The essays will be accepted with a declaration about the originality of the work. Apart from the ID Proof and declaration, the Author must mention the following in the body of the mail while submitting the essay:

  1. Name of the Author
  2. Name of the University
  3. Course enrolled in
  4. Current Year of Study (as of 30th July 2021)
  5. Title of the essay
  6. Contact details of the Author

Formatting Guidelines: for body- Times New Roman, size 12, justified, 1.5 line spacing

For Footnotes: Times New Roman, size 10, justified, 1 line spacing

Citation style- 20th edition bluebook.

The essays will be checked through the anti- plagiarism software for screening purpose.

Submission Deadline: 30 July 2021, before 5 PM.


First prize: 5000 INR with certificate

Second prize: 2500 INR with certificate.

Third Prize: 1000 INR with certificate

Merit Certificate for top 10 essays.

Every participant will get the certificate of participation (Plagiarised submissions shall be disqualified and hence, no certificate). There is no participation fee.

If the reviewers recommend, the articles will be published in form of a book with a reputed publishing house.

Evaluation Method

The essays will be evaluated /reviewed by external examiners (from other institute than GNLU) through a process of blind review. The decision of the evaluators shall be final and binding.

Contact Details

Coordinator: Mr. Nihal Deo

Mail id: [email protected]

For any query, you may contact us via Email or call/text Nihal on +91-9631222159.


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